Latest posts by KT53

A new hand tool

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 08:17

Max, I think you are going to find that there are already tools which do the majority of the everyday jobs perfectly adequately and any tool to satisfy a niche requirement will have such a limited market as to be unviable.

The only area I can think of would be for battery powered tools to have the same power as petrol operated with battery life of 2 to 3 hours or more.  Most battery tools last little more than 30 or 40 minutes currently.  That would do away with the servicing requirement of petrol tools whilst retaining the versatility.

Restoring an old cottage garden - quote sense checking

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 08:10

My garden is 50 metres by 10 metres and I paid £1600 to have that stripped back to bare approximately 4 years ago.  It was also heavily overgrown and the simplest solution was to rip everything out and start again because so many of the shrubs etc were well past their best anyway.

Your quote does seem a bit on the high side although if there is limited access for machinery it will take longer and therefore increase the cost.

I put the job up on Trustedtrader when I couldn't get hold of the person I wanted to use.  Two of the quotes were within £100 of each other with the third being half the price.  I discounted the cheapest immediately as it quickly became clear that his idea of clearing the garden was to cut everything down to ground level and leave all the roots.

The job actually did go to the person I'd been trying to contact.  He'd been on holiday which explained why he hadn't responsed.  He called me on the day I was going to give the job to one of the others, came round and gave a quote very similar to the other two.  That at least gave me confidence that the figure being quoted was about right.

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Posted: 13/01/2018 at 09:58

Not even much of an advert.  No contact details for the company, and from the terminology used I think it's US based too.

Auto watering Systems

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 09:53

It's a long time since anybody called me 'young man'  If I do come down you're likely to hear me before you see me - from the creaking joints.

Auto watering Systems

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 15:23

I'll seriously consider popping down there once the weather improves.  Your under an hour from home.

Auto watering Systems

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 12:58
NewBoy2 says:


Luckily we have a 75 yo engineer who cant see a problem with working inside a collapsing greenhouse on a step ladder !!

Its a wonderful project and if you are in Bristol please drop in 

See original post

 Don't let 'Elf n Safety' see this post!

I've just checked your location and we will be within half a mile of you, but unfortunately it going to be on Sunday.

Last edited: 12 January 2018 13:02:21

Auto watering Systems

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 18:45

Just looked at the photos on your website.  Good luck with the renovations!

tools for the more mature person

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 13:57

My neighbour is in her mid 70's and uses what are basically long handled trowels and forks.  Our soil is light so they are enough to break up the surface.

Real Live Surgery on TV

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 12:03

I used to find programmes about medical procedures fascinating and informative, I certainly never considered them to be entertainment, and I don't think this programme intends to be 'entertaining' either.

I haven't been able to watch any programme of a similar nature since I saw one which was showing in grahic detail an operation I had had a little time earlier.  It was all too easy to identify with what was being shown, it wasn't an abstract process any more!

Real Live Surgery on TV

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 08:04

If you're referring to a programme called 'Surgeons at the edge of life' or something similar, the surgery isn't shown live.  It would make for a pretty boring programme for most people as the main operation being filmed took 11 hours.  The images are pretty graphic and don't make for easy viewing.

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